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Original 'Star Wars' Cast Members Sign On for 'Episode VII' USA Today

The main cast members from the original 1977 installment of "Star Wars" have signed on for the eagerly awaited seventh edition of the feature film franchise. Lucasfilm and Disney made the official announcement today that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be back for "Star Wars: Episode VII," USA Today reports.

"The three actors, plus returning actors Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, are part of the large cast of the upcoming 'Star Wars: Episode VII' movie, which will also feature John Boyega ('Attack the Block'), relative newcomer Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver ('Girls'), Oscar Isaac ('Inside Llewyn Davis'), Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson ('About Time') and Max von Sydow," the story reports.

Filming on the project is set to begin in London in May.

Said director J.J. Abrams: "We are so excited to finally share the cast of 'Star Wars: Episode VII.' It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."

USA Today notes: "Ford, Hamill and Fisher have been rumored to reprise their roles as lovable rogue Han Solo, Jedi master Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, respectively, for a while now, and presumably Daniels and Baker are returning as droids C-3PO and R2D2 (who were also a part of the prequel trilogy) and Mayhew as Chewbacca."

Also back on board is composer John Williams.

"Reports have mentioned Driver as a possible villain in the new movie, and von Sydow -- who played tyrannical Ming the Merciless in the 1980 Flash Gordon movie -- may be joining him," the report notes. "Also of note: After being a part of 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' movies, Serkis joins yet another geek-loved franchise."

"Episode VII" is due in theaters Dec. 18, 2015.

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